But maybe you won’t learn nothin’, cuz you already know everything………right!!!??
You are an expert on life and you have the formula down to a science. Why should you listen?
Other than the fact that listening could save your life, one, is submitting to welcoming in growth and development, learning from past mistakes, addressing weaknesses and flaws.
You know people often forget the power of listening. People know the power of speaking. 9 times out of ten, most people are quick to speak and shun the listening part. But listening is just as important if not more important than the speaking side of the laws of communication. Just like speaking and articulating is a muscle that is so popularly used by the human specie, so is listening.
Many people are not good at it. It takes practice and sometimes you have to be silly about it just so that people can understand it a little better. Silly like that stupid recording that ESPN replays of Allen Iverson’s press conference on “Practice!” Someone is bound to get offended, but its true. Sometimes it takes some silliness just to get the point across. I think we can all agree that no one likes to be clowned.
I took a listening class in college and I have to say, it was quite engaging. When I first saw it in the curriculum catalog, I was intrigued that the subject of listening was an actual class. I was very much interested in improving my listening skills. There was one thing that stuck out to me though. A quote that I love and still use to this day.
“From listening comes wisdom and from speaking comes repentance!”
From listening comes the application of knowledge, not just knowledge. The knowledge can be applied to real life and it becomes something else entirely. That’s what I want. Listening takes you to a whole new level of communication. It is an action word where your brain interprets the information that is being supplied to you or that you are observing and then doing something with it. Through listening one, is always gaining and retaining like a sponge. Through listening it is like a computer being uploaded with new software.
Your mind and perception is growing. It is being opened up. It is opening up to understanding people, the way things are, being aware, expanding critical thinking, investigating deeper when it comes to problem solving. It’s another metamorphosis of the concept, “mind over body.”
In speaking, talking, chatting, gossiping, and anything else along those lines, not in all cases, but in most cases, people end up repenting or regretting things that they say. We have all been guilty of this. But even so, those who have learned from this bad habit and seed, have probably focused in a little bit more on listening, strengthening that muscle. It doesn’t come over night, especially if you’re use to talking someone’s ear off.
Those people who have learned, have grasped the importance of listening. You should try it, if you haven’t and I’m talking about the real trying where you are making an effort to shun that jump to, speaking impulses. Hey, you just might learn something. You just might move up that latter more efficiently in maturation. It just might save you from self-destruction. It just might remind you how beautiful it is to not speak and to just steadfast and be silent.
It isn’t a bad thing. So don’t look at it that way. Take pride in listening. You don’t have to listen to me, but try listening to your loved ones. Really take in what they are saying. Try listening to the people you hang around. Once you start listening you may find out a whole lot more about the people you hang with than that which is on the surface. You may learn something you didn’t know or never knew about a person and because you started listening and interpreting that information, it opened your eyes. It opened your heart. It made you aware of what’s really going on.
You just might learn something if you just listen!
-LeXXah Drew It-